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Rotary International celebrates its 113th anniversary today

Posted on: 23/Feb/2018 10:29:09 AM
For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man - Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Did you know that Rotarys name came from the groups early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.

Rotary founder Paul Harris said, Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves. The first donation to the Rotary Foundation was in 1917 of USD

Rotary members have not only been present for major events in history - theyve also been a part of them. Three key traits have remained strong throughout their history. They are truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today, members in nearly every country work to solve some of our worlds most challenging problems. They persevere in tough times. During World War II, Rotary clubs in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally, and after the war, Rotary members came together to rebuild their clubs and their countries. Theyre committed to service, and not afraid to dream big and set bold goals. They began their fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only three countries - down from 125 in 1988.

Hats off to this amazing organization and wishing it many more years of success.